Glastonbury 2024: Lancashire locations named as some of the best places in the UK to buy a Glastonbury ticket

A new study has looked at where the best places in the UK are to buy a Glastonbury ticket and some are right here in Lancashire.
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Glastonbury festival tickets are infamous for selling out in minutes, and would-be festival goers try countless tricks to get their hands on tickets.

Over 2.5 million people attempted to get 135,000 tickets last year, giving the average person less than a 6% chance of successfully purchasing one. All 135,000 tickets sold out in 62 minutes, meaning 36 tickets were sold every second.

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With the 2024 bus package sale taking place on Thursday (November 2) and general admission on Sunday (November 5), new analysis from alternative broadband specialists National Broadband can now reveal the best and worst spots across the country for getting a sought-after ticket.

Elton John performs on stage during Day 5 of Glastonbury Festival 2023 . (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)Elton John performs on stage during Day 5 of Glastonbury Festival 2023 . (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Elton John performs on stage during Day 5 of Glastonbury Festival 2023 . (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

What did they find?

According to the Glastonbury Ticket Scramble Matrix, Weeton-with-Preese on the Fylde was named as the second best area in the country to get a Glastonbury ticket, beaten only by a village in Scotland called Dalrymple.

The Lancashire civil parish, which had a population of 911 at the 2021 census, combines high broadband speeds with low estimated network traffic to gain a score of 82.7 out of 100.

Are any other places in Lancashire good for getting a Glastonbury ticket?

When analysing the best places in the North West, two other Lancashire areas got a mention, these were Caton-with-Littledale near Lancaster and Eccleston in the Borough of Chorley.

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The top five places to purchase Glastonbury Tickets in the North West are:

  1. Weeton-with-Preese, Lancashire
  1. Burgh by Sands, Cumbria
  1. Caton-with-Littledale, Lancashire
  1. Bewcastle, Cumbria
  1. Eccleston, Lancashire
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What methodology was used?

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The Glastonbury Ticket Scramble Matrix looked at each area’s median broadband speeds and the estimated network traffic on the day in which Glastonbury tickets went on sale last year to highlight where the best and worst spots are to bag a ticket to Glastonbury this year.

The median broadband speed data was sourced from the Fair Internet Report and they also used the latest Ofcom data showing the number of homes in each region unable to access usable broadband of over 10Mbps.

To estimate network traffic on the Glastonbury sale date, they used the latest census data to find the percentage of 25-34 year olds (the most likely demographic to attend festivals according to Ticketmaster) living in each location/region.

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The Glastonbury Ticket Scramble Score is ranked out of 100 with the location most likely to get Glastonbury tickets being awarded a score of 100, with all other locations awarded a relative score to the most likely location.

What were the top 10 best and top 10 worst locations nationally?

10 best locations in the UK to purchase Glastonbury Tickets:

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Glastonbury Ticket Scramble Score

Dalrymple, Scotland

Weeton-with-Preese, Lancashire 82.7
Burgh by Sands, Cumbria 76.26
North Weald Bassett, Essex 71.14
South Normanton, Derbyshire 63.26
Hessle, Yorkshire 60.2
Bingley, Yorkshire 58.13
Clapham cum Newby, Yorkshire 54.61
Wilsden, Yorkshire 53.68
Syston, East Midlands 50.98

10 worst locations in the UK to purchase Glastonbury Tickets:

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Glastonbury Ticket Scramble Score
Ringway, Greater Manchester 1.47
Argyll and Bute, Scotland 1.87
Corsley, Wiltshire 1.98
Temple Sowerby, Cumbria 2.01

Bowmore, Scotland

Bilbster, Scottish Highlands 2.42
Narberth, Wales 2.67
Portree, Scotland 2.69
Pomeroy, Northern Ireland 2.85
Kilvington, East Midlands 5.20

What does National Broadband say about its findings?

David Hennell, Director at National Broadband says: “Come June, Glastonbury is the place to be and for festival fans these findings are somewhat alarming. With some places in the UK having median broadband speeds up to 40 times faster than others, many people aren’t even in with a chance of securing sought-after tickets.

“This hugely popular and iconic event brings the UK’s digital divide into sharp focus. Decent internet is now an essential service for everything from banking and retail, being able to work effectively from home and stream TV to contacting friends and loved ones. But that’s not all, it’s also crucial for experiencing and planning entertainment. The speeds in places such as Ringway and Temple Sowerby are simply unusable and there are 428,000 properties across the UK in the same boat without access to speeds above 10Mbps. These areas that are left behind on the wrong side of the digital divide need immediate solutions to provide them with the fast and reliable broadband we all need to conduct our daily lives.”

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